/ PERFORMANCE RESEARCH
Gunst researches the potential of Trans-architecture or Moving Monuments to counter zoning and its stone monuments. Zoning is the fragmentation, hierarchisation and classification of human beings into social categories with limited privileges, rights and roles (from architects to labour workers) to serve Capital. It is also the fragmentation of space as an instrument to condition human beings into social categories. Spacial architecture is an instrument to condition human beings into a specific social architecture serving Capital and its stone monuments.
Trans-architecture or Moving Monuments try to erase the presence of the human body and its limits imposed by zoning. It evokes the fluid existence of organic architectures that can counter the rigid social and spacial architecture represented in stone monuments. Fabric, Kwanga (Afropean rubber - latex) and copper are used as mediums to convey and materialise a radical trans-national, -cultural and -gender fluidity.
The first try out was presented during a residency at the Centre For The Less Good Idea in Johannesburg in February 2022. This performance is now in development.
Production: John K Cobra Institute of Videoartfacts & The Center For The Less Good Idea (Johannesburg)
Concept, direction and soundscape: Roland Gunst / John K Cobra
Choreography: Roland Gunst / John K Cobra, Smangaliso Ngwenya and Macaleni Muzi Shili
Performers: Smangaliso Ngwenya and Macaleni Muzi Shili
Costume Design: Angelinah Maponya
Mask and Accessories: Roland Gunst / John K Cobra
Images © 2022 Zivanai Matangi